The former office manager at a doctor's office that authorities say was operating as a pill mill was arrested on multiple charges Monday. Milo Harris, 31, of Tampa was arrested on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to traffic oxycodone. Pinellas sheriff's officials said Harris worked as an office manager at the Pinellas Park clinic of Dr. Jacinta Gillis, who was arrested April 28 on similar charges. Sheriff's officials say Gillis was running a pill mill operation out of her Pinellas Park office and an office in Lee County. The U.S. Marshal's Service Florida regional fugitive task force arrested Harris in Hillsborough County Monday at the request of Pinellas sheriff's officials.
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Pasco man accused of mortgage fraud
A Wesley Chapel man was indicted in federal court this month on charges of committing mortgage fraud and bankruptcy fraud. According to the indictment released by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Marcelo Caruso, 39, obtained more than $1 million in mortgages on three Tampa properties between May 2006 and May 2007. Caruso qualified for the loans by fraudulently inflating his income and falsely stating his intention to occupy each of the homes as his primary residence, authorities said. Caruso was charged with committing wire and mail fraud as part of a mortgage fraud scheme and bankruptcy fraud.
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NEW PORT RICHEY
Teen arrested after van theft, crash
A 15-year-old boy is accused of stealing a van from the Harbinger House, leading law enforcement officers on a chase and crashing into a building. New Port Richey police say the boy took the van about 7 p.m. Friday from the Harbinger House at 6716 Congress St., a facility that offers temporary housing for children removed from unfit homes. The van crashed into an unoccupied commercial building at 6524 Orchid Lake Road, and the boy was arrested after briefly trying to flee on foot, police say. The boy's name is being withheld due to his age. He was charged with grand theft motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing to elude, criminal mischief, criminal trespass on school grounds and no valid driver's license.
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3 people stabbed during fight
Brian Nye admitted to deputies that he intended to slash the tires of several people he was arguing with Saturday, authorities say. Instead, a report states, he stabbed three people. Nye, 20, of Spring Hill went to a wooded lot in Spring Hill to confront Corey Albaugh and threatened to damage his vehicle, the report states. Albaugh told deputies he head-butted Nye and the two began to fight, when Nye stabbed him in the buttocks and kidney area. Shawn Albaugh, Corey's brother, intervened and was stabbed eight times in the face and torso, the report states. Another person, Dylan Patlan, intervened and was stabbed in the chest. Corey Albaugh and Patlan were treated at Spring Hill Regional Hospital and released; Shawn Albaugh was taken to Tampa General Hospital.